Salonen conducts Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen (photo: Minna Hatinen)

Esa­-Pekka Salonen is able to unleash the full dynamic range of an orchestra – both as conductor and composer. During these concerts, we encounter the Finnish native,  Composer in Residence for the 2022/23 season, in both roles. Esa­-Pekka Salonen will conduct the German premiere of his Organ Concerto with Olivier Latry as soloist and will also appear as a musical storyteller, presenting the enchanting fairy-tale world of Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) by Maurice Ravel as well the composer’s Baroque-inspired suite Le Tombeau de Couperin and the expressive music of Béla Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Olivier Latry organ

Maurice Ravel

Ma Mère l'Oye (Version for orchestra)

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Sinfonia concertante for Organ and Orchestra, commissioned by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie

Olivier Latry organ

Maurice Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin (Version for orchestra)

Béla Bartók

The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite, Sz 73

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Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen is renowned internationally as both a conductor and a composer. He was born in Helsinki, where he studied horn, conducting and composition at the Sibelius Academy. In 1979, he made his conducting debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His international breakthrough was set in motion in 1983 when he stepped in to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra, and a year later he made a sensational debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, of which he went on to become music director from 1992 to 2008. He was chief conductor of the Philharmonia from 2008 to 2021, and since 2020 he has headed the San Francisco Symphony. Salonen appears as a guest with numerous leading orchestras in Europe and the USA, and he has conducted opera productions at the Salzburg Festival, the Met and La Scala.

Olivier Latry

Olivier Latry is a titular (chief) organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and one of the leading virtuosos on his instrument – also as a master of improvisation and registration. He himself describes the profession’s demands as follows: “An interpreter, whose imaginative powers should be unlimited, orchestrates the music and explores its colours. In that pursuit, it is difficult to find the right balance between one's own emotions and the composer's style and message, which are not to be altered.” The French organist, born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, entered Gaston Litaize’s class at the Conservatoire of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in 1978. At the age of 18 he became organist of the Cathedral of Saint-Étienne in Meaux, and at 23 he won the competition for one of the three titular organist positions at Notre-Dame de Paris, which he still holds. Latry’s international career as a concert organist has taken him to more than 50 countries on five continents. Since his memorable appearance at the 1988 American Guild of Organists convention in Houston, he has made frequent tours of North America and ranks among the most popular organists in the US and Canada. In 1990, Latry succeeded his teacher Gaston Litaize as organ professor at Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. Three years later he was appointed to that post at the Paris Conservatoire, where he continues to train the new generation of international organists.

Olivier Latry (photo: Deyan Parouchev)

Concert for a chameleon

Salonen's organ concerto in German premiere